Hebrew Vocabulary

Welcome to WillYouLoveHim.org! Please take some time to read the below Vocabulary Table so that you understand what the Hebrew words used on this website mean. Remember: The Bible was not originally written in English. I believe most of the Bible was originally written in the Hebrew language.

Vocabulary Word What Does This Word Mean?
El This Hebrew word means Strength, Might, Power, or something similar to these. One example is Genesis 31:29 which starts out with It is in the power of my hand.... The word power is from the Hebrew word El. Sometimes this word is translated as God, but we do not believe God is an accurate translation of this word.
Elohiym Let's examine a few verses in the King James Bible: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The word God in Genesis 1:1 is being translated from the Hebrew word Elohiym and is referring to our Creator. Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The word gods in Exodus 20:3 is being translated from the Hebrew word Elohiym and is NOT referring to our Creator.

This shows that the Hebrew word Elohiym is not the same as the English word God because the Hebrew word Elohiym does not always exclusively refer to our Creator when it is used in the Hebrew language. Our view is that the Hebrew word Elohiym means MIghty Mighty Powers, or something similar. I just write the Hebrew word as Elohiym on this website usually instead of trying to translate it into English.
Elohey This Hebrew word is the way of saying Elohiym of. Here's an example:
Genesis 31:53 Elohey Abraham, and Elohey Nahor, Elohey of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
Eloheynu This Hebrew word is the way of saying Our Elohiym. Here's an example:
Exodus 5:8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to Eloheynu.
Eloheykha This Hebrew word is the way of saying Thy Elohiym. Here's an example:
Deuteronomy 10:21 He is thy praise, and he is Eloheykha, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.
Adon This Hebrew word means Lord.
Adonai This Hebrew word means My Lord.
Yahweh YAHWEH is the Name of our Creator, the Heavenly Father. Let's examine a few verses in the King James Bible: Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Deuteronomy 9:26 I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Have you ever wondered why most English Bibles put the word Lord sometimes, but then other times have the same word LORD in all capital letters? The reason is usually because the word Lord comes from the Hebrew word Adon, but the word LORD in all capital letters is actually a translation error! Almost every time you see the word LORD or GOD in all capital letters in an English Bible, what was really there in the original Hebrew Scrolls was the Name of our Heavenly Father, our Creator: YAHWEH.

Let's examine the above verses again, but with the Hebrew put in so that you can see what it really says in the above verses: Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto Yahweh, O Adonai, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. Exodus 3:15 And Elohiym said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, Yahweh Elohey your fathers, Elohey Abraham, Elohey Isaac, and Elohey Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of Yahweh Eloheykha in vain; for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Deuteronomy 9:26 I prayed therefore unto Yahweh, and said, O Adonai Yahweh, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh hath said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call. Isaiah 12:2 Behold, El is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for Yah Yahweh is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Notice in the last verse mentioned, Isaiah 12:2, it actually says Yah Yahweh in the Hebrew. Yah is the shortened form of the name of our Creator, YAHWEH. This is where we get the Hebrew word HalleluYah from which literally means Praise Yah!. If you take the time to look at the above verses, just to give a few examples, you can see that the name Yahweh is important. It is estimated the name Yahweh is in the Hebrew scrolls approximately 7,000 times.
Yahushua YAHUSHUA is the Name of the Son of our Creator. Let's examine a few verses in the King James Version (KJV):
Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; Hebrews 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. Now let's examine these verses in the New International Version (NIV):
Acts 7:45 Having received the tabernacle, our fathers under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, Hebrews 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. Why did one version put the name Jesus and another version put the name Joshua for these two verses?

The simple truth is this: The name of the Son of our Creator, the Son of Yahweh, The Messiah, HaMashiach, Christ, is the same as the Joshua from the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament). The name of the Messiah (Christ) in Hebrew and Greek is identical to that of the Joshua from the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament). So why does the name Jesus appear in the Bible today? We aren't language experts, but here's our two cents on the matter: The Greek language appears to have no "sh" sound (unless we're mistaken, please let us know). In addition, Greek names that are masculine appear to have an "s" put on the end just because they're masculine.

These are a few of the reasons why it appears the Name Jesus is found in most Bibles today. In addition, it seems the name written was written in Latin as Iesus and into the 1611 King James Version as Iesus as well. I wonder if perhaps the Latin translation influenced the English translation. In the 1769 King James Version, the name was written as Jesus and it seems as though it's done today mostly due to tradition more than anything. I can't really find a good reason to write the Name as Jesus after finding out His Name is the same as the Joshua from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). If we wanted an English version, it would be Joshua. However, names do not change based upon what language people speak. Moses, for example, is actually Mosheh. Similarly, we've determined it makes the most sense to just leave the name alone, as it is in Hebrew, and write it in English as YAHUSHUA.
יהוה These are 4 Hebrew letters spelling out the name Yahweh in Hebrew. The Hebrew letters are Yad (Y), Heh (H), Waw (W), Heh (H). Hebrew is read from right to left.
YHWH This is another way to write the Name Yahweh since in Hebrew there are actually only 4 letters.
יהושע This is the Name Yahushua written in Hebrew.
YHWSHUA This is another way to write the Name Yahushua.